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Spacecraft transmits first glimpses of a planetoid 6.6 billion km away

Jan 02, 2019 - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

NASA's New Horizons mission has begun streaming its precious data bit by bit across more than 6.6 billion kilometres of interplanetary space to gradually reveal the frozen face and character of the most distant object a spacecraft has ever explored.

Delighted mission controllers confirmed that the robotic explorer survived its encounter with Ultima Thule early Tuesday morning and had started transmitting the images and data it gathered during the historic flyby.

Scientists said the i...